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People Loving Nashville

Development Lead

People Loving Nashville


Job Summary

Development Lead

Division: Development 

Reports to: CEO

Role: Full-time, Regular, Exempt

Location: Nashville, TN

Who we are:

People Loving Nashville (PLN) is a grassroots organization, established in 2008, whose goals are to bring Relief, Community, Connection, and Restoration. Led by the words and acts of Jesus, we listen to our neighbors experiencing hardships and partner with our community to build toward dignity, healing, and sustainability.

We do this by building a consistent and safe community starting with relief – food, clothing, & survival supplies to the most vulnerable on the streets. Through developing trusted friendships we provide additional connections to resources, from IDs to housing navigation. We also offer a holistic approach within our Restoration program to provide a place to work and heal at our flagship coffee shop Paradeisos where we meet people during the critical period of stepping off the streets and into their new homes.  PLN has touchpoints in the entire journey of walking from homelessness to homelessness.

Below are some of our consistent gatherings in our approach to share relief, community, connection, and restoration to the streets.

  • Monday Street Outreach, our largest street outreach, is held in the heart of Downtown Nashville.
  • ​Wednesday Encampments, we visit specific encampments that receive little or no other assistance.
  • Thursday Homefullness Outreaches, we serve micro-income apartment complexes where many friends from the streets find their first stable home. ​
  • Wednesday through Friday our Restoration Program, provides body, mind, & soul enrichment resources to help newly housed individuals learn, grow, & heal from trauma to help them become sustainable within housing again through work.

Our organization comprises six different departments:

  • The Administrative department keeps the organization moving forward by handling all of the finances, organizational development, HR, and general administration. 
  • The Development department uses the power of storytelling to inspire, educate, and invigorate our community to see their neighbor through the lens of love & dignity. 
  • The Relief and Community departments oversee all arrangements to put on each weekly gathering as well as other community initiatives involving volunteers, staff, and partners coming together to set a table to meet immediate physical needs as well as spiritual and emotional needs.
  • The Connection department works to handle the individual care of friends and neighbors the organization chooses to work alongside to build uncomplicated bridges to resources ranging from IDs to physical and mental health to addiction and recovery as well as housing navigation.
  • Lastly, our Restoration Program walks alongside those who have transitioned or are transitioning off the street to build a path to sustainability through creative therapy, life skills, and employment opportunities.

Role Overview:

As the Development Lead at PLN, you will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission by driving public awareness, engagement, and support. You will lead efforts in brand management, donor cultivation, creative production, and external relations to ensure the success of our organization’s initiatives. Reporting directly to the CEO, you will collaborate closely with internal teams and external stakeholders to strategize and execute comprehensive communication and fundraising campaigns.

Job Responsibilities

Digital Marketing & External Communications:

  • Manage brand consistency across all channels and materials, ensuring alignment with PLN’s mission.
  • Oversee digital marketing campaigns on social media platforms, websites, and other online channels.
  • Produce compelling written and multimedia content to engage our audience.
  • Coordinate volunteer communication and inquiries in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Maintain and update the PLN website to ensure accessibility and usability.
  • Conceptualize and execute email marketing campaigns.
  • Create donor-facing materials such as annual reports, brochures, and presentations.

Partnerships & Development:

  • Partner with the CEO in achieving annual revenue goals through corporate sponsorships, grants, and individual donations.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify new funding opportunities and partnerships.
  • Develop cultivation strategies to nurture and expand relationships with donors and sponsors.
  • Prepare proposals, reports, and other correspondence for potential funders.
  • Oversee vendors and consultants engaged in fundraising initiatives and database management.
  • Grow and Manage a small team of communications and development professionals in the future.
  • Manage and develop the current donor base, cultivate new donors, and work to renew lapsed donors.


About You:

  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in social media management and web writing.
  • Proven track record of producing compelling, error-free content under tight deadlines.
  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in HTML and content management systems.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with CRMs and email management platforms.
  • Experience in copywriting, graphic design, and donor management.
  • Proficiency in graphic design software such as InDesign, Photoshop, or Canva.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in business development and 5 years of people management.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of photography, video editing, and production.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish.

Additional Information


  • Health Insurance Reimbursement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Group Short & Long-Term Disability
  • Paid Maternity +/or Paternity Leave
  • Mental Health Stipend
  • Waived Joining Fee for YMCA Gymnasiums of Middle Tennessee

How to Apply

Application Process:

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and portfolio (if applicable) to https://peoplelovingnashville.bamboohr.com/careers

We can’t wait to welcome you to the PLN family!


  • Date Posted: May 16, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Housing
  • Start Date: 06/17/2024
  • Salary Range: $80,000.00
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk